High- rise will ruin beach­front area

Southern Telegraph - - OPINION -

I read with dis­may that the City of Rock­ing­ham is propos­ing to change plan­ning pol­icy No. 3.2.5 to al­low high- rise to 12 storeys in a large area bounded by Rock­ing­ham Beach Road, Rail­way Ter­race, Wan­liss Street and Kent Street.

Why? This will de­stroy our unique beach­front, it is too close to our parks and beaches, it will cause over­shad­ow­ing on our recre­ation ar­eas, cause wind tun­nels and block views of our beaches. We have beach­front area en­joyed not only by lo­cals but also vis­i­tors to this area.

The vis­i­tors re­mark reg­u­larly on the com­fort­able, re­lax­ing at­mos­phere on our parks and beaches.

Can you imag­ine this area dwarfed by high- rise? I think this will dev­as­tate our en­vi­ron­ment, and turn away vis­i­tors to our city.

We need to re­tain our unique her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment.

We do not want to be an­other Gold Coast.

Go to the City of Rock­ing­ham web­site’s “share your thoughts” page and let the coun­cil know how you feel. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

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